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NMSU Engineering Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan recognized for public service

New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia A. Sullivan was one of 10 New Mexican recipients of the 2014 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards at a banquet held Dec. 2, at the Marriott Pyramid North in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Woman (center) accepts award from man (left) and woman (right).
New Mexico State University College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan (center) received a New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award from award chairman and New Mexico Tech President Dan Lopez and New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques)

The awards honor exceptional service by individuals throughout the state of New Mexico. Individuals who have not only served the public, but have an established track record of community service are selected for this honor.

Within the College of Engineering, Sullivan has launched and developed the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, formalizing engineering-based outreach programs geared toward enriching workforce development and the state’s economic competitiveness.

“I believe Patricia has a unique sense of improving education opportunities along with the ability to bring others to participate,” said Edward Pines, department head of industrial engineering at NMSU. “She has spent her career developing programs by working with others to achieve a common goal.”

Most recently, Sullivan led an initiative to establish the Aggie Innovation Space, a new facility in the College of Engineering designed to support students in their pursuits of fostering innovation, collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is equipped with the latest engineering design tools including 3-D printers and mentors who can nurture the process. Many of the programs are supported entirely through corporate and philanthropic sources with Intel serving as a major sponsor of the new facility.

“Dr. Sullivan’s dynamic leadership is building a lasting legacy in New Mexico by ensuring that NMSU fulfills its land-grant university mission to educate the diverse population of New Mexico,” said Carol Radosevich, director of economic development at Public Service Company of New Mexico. “She has the ability to bring together individuals from varied backgrounds to champion efforts and causes that collectively enhance the quality and economic prosperity of life for New Mexico residents.”

In addition, Sullivan led NMSU’s involvement in a program that received funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of the Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing. The consortium was established to foster a resurgence in manufacturing and related employment in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Extending her commitment to the state beyond the realm of NMSU, last year Sullivan was reappointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to serve a third term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Since 2000, she has served on the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority as a board member and as a member of the Tax Allocation sub-committee. She is a founding board member of Enchantment Land Certified Development Company. Sullivan also was named a Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First in January 2014 and was recognized with the BRAVO MAEStro award this fall by the National Latinos in Science and Engineering organization. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from NMSU.